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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Communism and Philosophy (10)



Quiz Questions
1. Who did not listen to Old Major's speech?
2. Who is the only creature that consumes without producing?
3. What was the message that Old Major had to tell the farm?
4. What were the animals opinion of man?
5. Did the animals continue to learn to read?
6. Who was the most prosperous on the farm?
7. What was the condition of the farm now?
8. What did the pigs do now, that they did not do before? 
9. What was the sheep's new motto?

Discussion Questions
1. Do you believe that the animals were ever treated equally? When? Why?
2. Does power always lead to corruption? If yes, why
3. How did the song represent the philosophy of communism?
4. Can you imagine any society where communism really would benefit everyone and not lead to corruption? 


  1. Which Dystopian Novel Got It Right: Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’?

    A month ago I would have said that not only is “Brave New World” a livelier, more entertaining book than “1984,” it’s also a more prescient one. Orwell didn’t really have much feel for the future, which to his mind was just another version of the present. His imagined London is merely a drabber, more joyless version of the city, still recovering from the Blitz, where he was living in the mid-1940s, just before beginning the novel. The main technological advancement there is the two-way telescreen, essentially an electronic peephole...

    nyt 2.13.17

    1. I know, Animal Farm is not 1984... but it's still a relevant question. And this article also mentions Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," which we'll also be considering. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/books/review/which-dystopian-novel-got-it-right-orwells-1984-or-huxleys-brave-new-world.html?_r=0